Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, originally hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea and now hosted by I’d Rather Be at the Beach; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is a NetGalley ARC that will be released on October 16:  A Year of Extraordinary Moments, by Bette Lee Crosby, a heartwarming novel about letting go of the past to make way for a brighter future.



Intro:  (Alice DeLuca)

I’m an old woman now and not long for this world, but I’m not afraid of dying.  What I am afraid of is leaving behind a grandson who will follow in his mama’s footsteps.  I’d like to believe that in the years she’s been gone my Dorothy has straightened herself out, but inside my heart, I fear this may be little more than wishful thinking.

There is an old adage that says a child’s ways can be formed by either nature or nurture.  In Dorothy’s case, it was a bit of both….


Teaser:  The Appointment

Alice heard the rooster crow but remained in bed.  The pain in her back was excruciating, and her legs felt as if they were weighted with something too heavy to move.  Between the slats in the blinds, she could see the first rays of dawn creeping into the sky. (56%).


Synopsis:  Tracy Briggs has finally gotten her act together. She’s focusing on her own life and helping her hearing-impaired son learn to talk. With her sister married and exploring a new career, Tracy has begun to run the family’s magazine business and feels her life is pretty much perfect. That is, until her son’s deadbeat dad shows up in Magnolia Grove asking for a second chance.

Now that her son is getting the help he needs and a promising new romance with his teacher is in bloom, Tracy wants to keep her life just as it is. But her ex isn’t taking no for an answer. And when a spirited elderly woman enters Tracy’s life in an unexpected way, she’ll have to work harder than ever to keep her new life on track.

Torn between the past she knows and the uncertain future, Tracy must decide what is best for both her and her son, learning along the way that ordinary choices can bring extraordinary possibilities.


Do the excerpts draw you in?  Would you keep reading?



  1. Contemporary romantic fiction isn’t really my preferred genre and I think that the premise of the book might turn me off a little.

    However, the extracts themselves were both excellent and on their own, would definitely keep me turning the pages.

    By that time I had read the opening lines, it would be too late for me to stop reading anyway 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Reading


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